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The right to own. Knowledge management in 13th century Yuan-China

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When

26 October 2022

17:00 - 19:00 CEST

Where

Sala degli Stemmi

Villa Salviati- Castle

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Department of History

Dagmar Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) will give a talk in the framework of the HEC Colloquia hosted by the Department of History

Historical research highlights three major points about the nature of silk production and ownership during the Yuan era: firstly, the imperial state stood centre stage; secondly, laws addressed crafts people’s "access to"— not "ownership of"— their craft "work"—and not their "knowledge" thereof; and thirdly, clerks as managers mediated between craftspeople and the state. By the thirteenth century Chinese scholars tried to manipulate knowledge ownership with the help of a scholarly practice called rectifying names . They failed, yet their enforcement of this practice had lasting effects, as up until today historians hold up the myth that scholars held power over craftsmen in China at all times. One reason for this is, as I will elaborate in this lecture a still rather parochial "European" approach to the role of law or other normative practices in historical knowledge cultures. I will introduce the concept of the "kn/own/able" as a key heuristic for global research on historical and contemporary cultures of knowledge ownership. 

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Contact(s):

Francesca Parenti

Speaker(s):

Dagmar Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

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